The most common hemorrhoid symptoms are itching, bleeding, pain, swelling and prolapse (hemorrhoid tissue protruding from the anus). Some patients with more severe hemorrhoids may also experience fecal leakage.
It is important to note that some hemorrhoid symptoms are similar to symptoms of other diseases, so self-diagnosis may be incorrect. For example, pain can be a result of an anal fissure rather than (or in addition to) hemorrhoids.
Most importantly, rectal bleeding, which is a very common hemorrhoid symptom, is also a symptom of colorectal cancer. It is important to speak with a qualified physician if you are experiencing any rectal symptoms so that you can receive accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. If you are over 40 or have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may be advised to undergo a cancer screening procedure.